IJCAI-11 Opening & Reception
The IJCAI-11 Opening will take place Monday evening (July 18, 2011) at the Palau de la Música Catalana. The Opening event will take place at the Concert Hall and will be followed by a Reception at the Foyer.
Façade with “The Catalan Song”
El Palau de la Música Catalana
The Palau de la Música Catalana (Palace of the Catalan Music) is a concert hall in Barcelona, was designed by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, one of the masters of the Modernisme (Catalan style of Art Noveau). The Palau was built between 1905 and 1908 by popular subscription for the Orfeó Català, a choral society founded in 1891 that was a leading force in the Catalan cultural movement that came to be known as the Renaixença (Catalan Renaissance).
Today, more than half a million people a year attend musical performances in the Palau that range from symphonic and chamber music to jazz and cançó (Catalan song).
The Palau de la Música Catalana has been de largest concert hall in Barcelona until in 1999 l'Auditori (1999) was inaugurated. During this long period the OBC (Barcelona Symphonic Orchestra) usually performed here, as well as many great orchestras and conductors.
The concert hall of the Palau, which seats about 2,200 people, is the only auditorium in Europe that is illuminated during daylight hours entirely by natural light. The walls on two sides consist primarily of stained-glass panes set in magnificent arches, and overhead is an enormous skylight of stained glass designed by Antoni Rigalt whose centerpiece is an inverted dome in shades of gold surrounded by blue that suggests the sun and the sky.